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Archdiocesan Advisory Committee on Science and Technology to Host a One-Day Conference Before Congress

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Jul 1, 2004

New York, NY - The Archdiocesan Advisory Committee on Science and Technology of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America will be offering a series of panel presentations on Saturday, July 24 at the New York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway in Manhattan. The panel presentations, which are open to the public, will be held prior to the official start of the 37th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress, and will feature distinguished scientists, medical professionals, and theologians from across our country and the globe.

Each panel presentation will be followed by general panel and floor discussion. A detailed program including topics and panelists is included below. All are welcome and encouraged to participate, especially those who are interested in reflecting upon the integration of science with the Orthodox Christian faith. Clergy are asked to publicize this program in their parish publications, and to encourage their parishioners to attend.

All panel presentations will be held in the Wilder Room on the 4th floor of the Marriott, and will begin promptly at 10:00am-12:00Noon with Subcommittee I of the AACST presenting on the topic "Bioethics and Medical Issues." Subcommittee II will follow after lunch, from 2:00pm-4:00pm on the topic "Energy, Environment, and Economics", and Subcommittee III will conclude from 4:30pm-6:30pm on the topic "Physical Sciences and Advanced Technology."

For more information on these panel presentations, please contact the Archdiocesan Advisory Committee on Science and Technology by email at

The Archdiocesan Advisory Committee on Science and Technology

Schedule of Presentations

Subcommittee I - Bioethics and Medical Issues

10:00am - 12:00pm

Chair: His Grace Bishop Gerasimos of Krateia


1. Prof. Herman T. Engelhardt

Topic: The Challenge of an Orthodox Christian Bioethics in the Ruins of Christendom

2. Mark A. Leondires, MD

Topic: The Status of Assisted Reproductive Technologies - A Power Point Presentation

3. Rev Dr. Demetri Demopulos

Topic: Theological Overtones of Current Bioethical Problems

and Pastoral Concerns

4. Andrea Kalfoglou, PhD

Topic: Our Genetic Future: The Age of Miracles?

Subcommittee II - Energy, Environment, and Economics

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Chair: Dr. Achilles G. Adamantiades

AACST Executive Secretary


1. Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis

Topic: The Initiatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in the Preservation of the Natural Environment

2.Dr. Alexandros Mourmouras

Topic: Globalization - Challenges and Responses

3. Ms. Margarita Tsirigotis-Oge

Topic: Understanding Climate Change

Listed Discussant:

Rev. Dr. Dimitrios Constantelos

Subcommittee III - Physical Sciences and Advanced Technology

4:30pm - 6:30pm

Chair: Dr. Yiannis Michopoulos


1. Dr. Emmanuel Fthenakis

Topic: Sciences and the Christian Faith

2. Dr. Loucas Christophorou

Topic: The Light - Physical and Spiritual Attributes

3. Rev. Dr. Frank Marangos

Topic: The Effects of Electronic Technology on Culture and Theology

4. Prof. Haralambos Doumanidis

Presenter: Dr. Yiannis Michopoulos

Topic: Issues in Nanotechnology

Listed Discussants:

Thomas W. Karras (advanced technologies)
Philip E. Seraphim (advanced technologies)

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